Top off your dessert with a little love in the form of homemade frosting and your next cake will truly be “from scratch.” You can whip up these five simple frosting recipes quickly and easily with Hershey pantry staples.
Now that your cake has cooled from the oven, it’s time to frost! Homemade frosting adds a personal touch to your baked goods. Customizable to just the amount you need, these recipes save you from opening a whole new can to complete your decoration. And knowing how to make frosting from things you have on hand saves you a last-minute trip to the store.
Here are five of our favorite frosting recipes for you to stash away in your recipe box:
Let’s be honest: When you want chocolate frosting, you don’t just want something chocolate-flavored. You want chocolate by the spoonful. That’s what you get with this “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Frosting. Made with the richness of HERSHEY’S Cocoa, this homemade frosting is smooth, indulgent and simply delicious. Try this as a complement to fluffy yellow cake — or double down with a “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake. Make it for your family member whose favorite kind of chocolate is, well, more!GET THE RECIPE
Special desserts call for an extra-special frosting. When regular chocolate frosting isn’t enough, try this recipe. HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa makes this frosting rich and mildly sweet, like the chocolate bars of the same name! So it’s a good choice for when you want to balance the sweetness of a cake or bring out the taste of bright, tart berries.GET THE RECIPE
Vanilla frosting is a friend to all cakes and cupcakes! A tried-and-true vanilla frosting recipe will always come in handy. It’s the base for most frostings, so once you’ve mastered this recipe, you can easily punch it up to make other flavors. And it’s so easy you’ll never need to buy a can of vanilla frosting again. Tip: Add food coloring of your choice to make a pretty pastel cake for bridal and baby showers.
The best kind of desserts take after other desserts: Think ice cream-themed cupcakes with a chocolate chip frosting. You can achieve that same “wow factor” at home with this homemade frosting. Simply start with our vanilla frosting recipe above and add HERSHEY’S Baking Chips in your choice of Semi-Sweet, SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet, Milk Chocolate or Mini. The contrast between the creamy frosting and chocolate chips is so delicious, you might end up eating this from the mixing bowl before it even gets to the cake!
Our REESE’S Candy-themed recipes (like these REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup Creme Crumble Cupcakes) feature a special peanut butter creme frosting. But you can switch in this yummy frosting for chocolate or vanilla in any of your baking projects. Light and fluffy vanilla frosting is the base for this recipe using REESE’S Creamy Peanut Butter and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. The result is something creamy, sweet and savory that’s a lot easier to make than it looks.
Making your own homemade frosting might sound difficult, but it’s easy with Hershey! Kids will love helping you make these simple recipes and, of course, tasting the results. And you’ll find that being able to make your own frosting as you need it is useful for smaller projects, like mug cakes. Whether you apply it with a spatula, a piping bag or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off, it’s sure to taste like love.
If you need other ideas for what to frost, check out our complete collection of baking ideas and recipes!